London Irish Wild Geese 43 - 19 Guildford RFC
A beautiful sunny day and a perfect playing surface provided ideal conditions for the Wild Geese's first home league game of the season. Sean Cunningham returned from injury to captain the side and won the toss, opting to kick off.
The Geese started well, enjoying lots of possession and territory, however it was Guildford who scored first, pouncing on a home side handling error. There were several missed chances in the first 40 minutes before first Ollie Turner and then Richie Townsend scored, both converted by Mark Abraham. The first half ended with a set back, Guildford scoring again to draw level.
The tit for tat scores continued into the second period, Townsend and West scoring tries, sandwiched around what proved to be Guildford's final try.
Irish finished the game, comfortably the stronger side. Ollie Turner added a second try to his tally, while Richie Townsend went over twice more to put him on four tries for the day. A great days work for the hooker.
Head Coach, John Lacey said "We're really happy with our performance today, we finished strongly again, backing up our belief in our conditioning. The boys have had a good preseason. We train at a high tempo on the pitch, as well as being in the gym, at every session. We can be confident we are an 80 minute team.
It was great to see Sean back playing, he's a natural leader and we needed that today. He made sure we kept on top. Chris West also had his first league start and added another dynamic in the back row, I'm not sure we'll be looking too closely at him in the centres but he did well when we had to adjust to injuries.
Four tries from Richie Townsend was pleasing especially as he has been ill all week, but it didn't earn him the man of the match award. That had to go to Joe Touma, he was outstanding today. He's a good player who makes consistently good decisions and his work rate is massive.
I'm sure today's performance owes a lot to the numbers were getting at training and that the Wanderers are unbeaten so far. Competition definitely drives up standards. Training and selection will interesting again this week".
Next week sees the Geese travel to Dorking in Round 3 of the London and South East Premier league. Kick off is at 3:00pm and it would be great to hear you all on the touch line.
London Irish Wild Geese
1. Donkor 2. Townsend 3. Harrison 4. Gilligan 5. Touma 6. Tate 7. Scott 8. West 9 U'Chong 10. Abraham 11. O'Hagan 12. Cunningham 13. Vereimi 14. Sullivan-Warner 15. Turner
16. Byrne 17. Hobbins 18. Molloy
Tries - Turner (2), Townsend (4), West
Cons - Abraham (4)